Bill Clinton Lost 24 Pounds on a Vegan Diet

By Dana Shultz for

Former President Bill Clinton was well known for his love of junk food during his presidency in the late ’90s, commonly enjoying such indulgences as BBQ, cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream shakes. But after having quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 followed by a stent surgery in 2010, the politician decided it was time to get serious about improving his health.

After doing some research, the president decided to go vegan, and has since spoken out in interviews about why he opted for a plant-based diet.

In one interview with CNN, Clinton said, “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits. I drink a protein supplement every morning. I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder…[eating this way] changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds. I got back to what I weighed in high school.”

But going vegan wasn’t just for vanity’s sake. Clinton continued to battle some serious health issues even after his surgeries, which fueled his quest for health even more. “I did it because after I had this stent put in, I realized that, even though it happens quite often after you have bypasses because you lose the veins; the truth is that it clogged up, which meant the cholesterol was still causing build up in my vein that was part of my bypass,” he said. “And I didn’t want that to happen again.”

In order to get his health on track, Clinton said he did some research and found out that 82 percent of people since 1986 who had gone on a plant-based diet had begun to heal themselves; with some even experiencing arterial blockage clean up.

“We now have 25 years of evidence, and so I thought since I needed to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment.”

Ultimately, Clinton said he wanted to be around to be a grandfather, and that was the major driving factor. “That’s really the big deal,” he said. “Hillary and I, we’re happy. We love our son-in-law. And if there’s gonna be grandkids we wanna be around to do our part.”

As for what he hopes for the American nation in light of the worsening obesity epidemic, Clinton says the main thing is, we can’t let our children grow up to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, and that’s what’s happening. So vegan diet or not, we need to focus on efforts to get this problem under control.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersyesterday

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersyesterday

Thank you for sharing.

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M.3 years ago

Yes, vegan rules is right Patricia!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

great, thanks for sharing, VEGAN RULES

Vita Pagh
Vita P.3 years ago

Healthy food is medicine to our bodies.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Care member
Care member3 years ago

good info

Dawn C.

Former US President Bill Clinton needs to eat oatmeal daily to keep away the vascular clogs!

Dale Overall

Interesting about his change in diet as he certainly polished off a lot of unhealthy fatty high-calorie foods to wanton excess on a regular basis before his severe heart problems. He had a penchant for really knocking down the junk foods and Southern delights that he so loved.

Sadly, one can't really eat a woefully unbalanced diet constantly and get away with it. Had he stuck to a more balanced diet with portions that were easier on his system he would not have ended up with a quadruple bypass. One can be an omnivore and eat healthily with meat in small portions, the size of a deck of cards, veggies and other foods predominating.

Sadly he did not eat with health in mind and his reputation for excess when it came to his love of food is legendary. One can enjoy veggies and meat in a healthy organic way but one has to watch excessive portions or end up with severe health troubles. Moderation as with anything is the key. He did not follow that essential path and paid for it. Best of luck to him in his chosen path.

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv4 years ago

Its important to clean out our arteries, plant foods are good and the more we can research health and follow what is best for us, the better.